Tag: Sexual Abuse

  Know Thyself

The conviction of Cardinal Pell for serious sexual crimes against children is starkly confronting. This article explores the idea of a shadow side and how one can mislead those around them as to the nature of their true character. If we can deceive ourselves by playing down or disowning our less attractive characteristics, we can… Read more »

  National Apologies can Assist Healing

I believe the national apologies delivered by Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten in federal parliament last week were an important step in our community response to psychological trauma associated with sexual abuse. A most harmful aspect of such abuse is the severe invalidation of the abused individual. A sexually abused child is treated merely as… Read more »

  Sorry is a Start

Following the national apologies delivered by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in parliament, this article discusses the positive impact that these apologies may have in the context of the invalidation that someone feels if they experience sexual abuse.

  Response to Abuse Harms Society’s Spiritual Life

This article responds to Cardinal George Pell’s testimony delivered to the Royal Commission into systematic sexual abuse in the context of the harm that can be caused to the victim from minimising the perceived severity of the offence.

  Pain Can be Effective Against Trauma

Childhood sexual abuse has long been ignored across our wider society. It has also been under-recognised in our mainstream mental health services. This article examines a more optimal treatment model for abuse victims, which doesn’t over-emphasise the role of medication.

  The Impact of Church-Related Sexual Abuse

The most harmful thing about sexual abuse is the extremely invalidating impact it has on a person. The abusive experience typically causes sufferers to feel that they don’t count. Their wishes and interests and feelings don’t count. They have been treated as an object for the sexual gratification of the perpetrator. It strips them of… Read more »